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03 February 2017


Three teams of Year 9 students have got their eyes on the prize for this year's Big Pitch competition. On Tuesday this week all eight participating teams presented their business plans in the semi-finals to the three Rotary judges David Pottow, Patrick Simpson and Mark Summers. The judges were very impressed and praised the wannabe entrepreneurs for their confidence, articulation and enthusiasm and selected the top three teams. 13 lucky students were announced as the semi-finalists to go through to the finals in March at The Strawberry Special in Draycott. Congratulations to team members of Palm Products, Monster Cookies and Jar Jar Bazaar. This year’s teams embarked on the contest in October and it was noticeable there were more food products than usual to...

24 January 2017


27 Year 9 students attended a special inauguration tea party last week to celebrate their shiny new position of responsibility here at Kings. These students henceforth have the honoured title of Student Ambassador and were presented with a badge in recognition of their revered new role in the Academy. To apply for selection they had to write either a letter of application or fill out an application form explaining why they would make a good Ambassador. Year 9 Leader Mrs Gray was delighted with their reflective responses that showed they had really considered the qualities and expectations of an Ambassador; including being a role model to other students, showing guests around the Academy, and ultimately, representing their Academy. One student wrote in her letter: "I am...

19 January 2017


Tutor group 9DR are feeling especially pleased with themselves. Last week Executive Headteacher Mr Richardson and Year 9 Leader Mrs Gray met with 9DR and their Tutor Mr Raeburn to congratulate them as the top tutor group in Year 9 as part of Mrs Gray's new initiative House Credit Cards. The whole year group were issued with House Credit Cards at the start of the Autumn Half Term and teambuilding was the first focus. Tutor groups were set the challenge of working together to get as many house credits as possible. That's to say, staff signatures for fulfilling the objectives of the House Credit Charter, e.g. continually contributing in class, politeness and manners, and litter picking, to name but a few; in order to beat the other tutor groups. At the end of the term, the...

13 January 2017


Year 11 student Jamie Harris has started the New Year on a celebratory note when he was crowned Cadet World Champion in Argentina last week with his crew Antonia Wilkinson. The 50th championships is for under 17-year olds and took Jamie away from home for three weeks to Buenos Aries - including over Christmastime and New Year - where he competed in ten challenging races against 55 competitors qualifying from South America, Europe and Australia. Jamie was faced with the testing waters of the River Plate and the fierce heat of Argentina and is all the more proud as he is the first GBR sailor to win this prestigious cup in 15 years beating off strong local competition to take the title by five points. Jamie was representing Neilson GBR World Team and was competing thanks to the...

06 January 2017


In the penultimate week of last term The Kings of Wessex Academy was adorned with records and record sleeves and other musical paraphernalia for the annual Charities Week organised by the Senior Student Team and House Captains on the theme of Top of the Pops. This top Kings' tradition was fun-fundraising at its best as students and staff alike joined together to raise as much money as possible for the 2016 student chosen charities: In Charley's Memory, Daughters of Eve and Care4 Calais. Monies are still being counted and the final total will be published very shortly. The bass was pumping, and the audience were bopping and singing in their seats to the music as the Senior Team hosted ten events at break and lunchtimes, culminating in the pop concert to top all pop...